Paralyzed Veterans of America Makes 2012 Forbes 100 Largest U.S. Charities List

Date:  December 10, 2012

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Washington, D.C.—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is featured in the Forbes 2012 100 Largest U.S. Charities List—the only veterans service organization to make the prestigious annual run-down.

“The fact that Paralyzed Veterans of America is featured on the Forbes 100 Largest Charities List speaks volumes about the generosity of the American public when it comes to helping those who have served and live with their sacrifices. It also speaks to the business-like way we manage our organization,” said U.S. Army veteran Bill Lawson, National President of Paralyzed Veterans. 

With a methodology of “Size, Then Financial Efficiency,” the annual list ranks large charities according to five factors: Private Support, Total Revenue, Fundraising Efficiency, Charitable Commitment, and Donor Dependency. Paralyzed Veterans ranked 49 out of 100. On the last factor of Donor Dependency, Paralyzed Veterans received the highest score of all charities on the entire list.

“Paralyzed Veterans is highly dependent on the support of our donors. In fact, in this tough economy, we need their support more than ever to intensify the fight for some of our nation’s most vulnerable veterans. These brave men and women need quality health care, decent benefits, good jobs, a more accessible America and, of course, a cure for paralysis,” said Lawson.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America works to positively change lives and build brighter futures for our nation’s veterans with disabilities and their families, through its broad range of services and expertise.

Paralyzed Veterans:

  • Fights for ALL veterans with disabilities.
  • Advocates for quality Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and veterans benefits ~ last year alone the organization fought for and secured $250 million in benefits for thousands of veterans.
  • Pushes to make America more accessible ~ the organization helped lead the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments.
  • Empowers veterans with the tools they need to obtain good careers. Its careers program PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) is helping veterans living with disabilities secure good jobs with great employers.
  • Invests in research to find new treatments and a cure for paralysis ~ over $100 million to date.
  • Promotes and provides wheelchair sports and recreational activities. Each year, Paralyzed Veterans co-presents the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, attracting more than 500 veteran participants every year.
  • Delivers its services to ALL veterans and their families FREE of charge, thanks to the generous support and donations of the American people. For more information, visit

“Paralyzed Veterans is a relatively small group of hard-working people, trying to do big things through our programs for America’s veterans with disabilities and their families,” added Lawson


Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (

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